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BlazBlue Review / Half-circle half-circle A-B-Kitchen Sink [Jun. 13th, 2010|09:36 pm]

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom's Edge [Jun. 12th, 2010|10:37 pm]

Started from a random comment by sakon76 that a piece of music in BlazBlue sounded like it could come from the Phantom musical...

A beat'em'up in the style of BlazBlue or Guilty Gear, set to the musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Playable characters include:

- The Phantom - Effectively the end boss, but playable when unlocked. Great mobility and a variety of close and distance attacks including a hangman's noose, quick movements through trap doors and a finishing attack where a chandelier is dropped on the opponent.
- Christine - Despite wearing a full ballgown, since she's female she is, of course, one of the faster / more agile characters. Her attacks are primarily song / sound based.
- Joseph - One of the heavier fighters, his attacks and movement are based on his Technicolour Dreamcoat. Different primary colours representing different stances and the coat itself moving / expanding / contracting to attack and defend.
- Pharaoh / The King - Who wouldn't want to play Elvis in a fighting game?
- Rum Tum Tugger - A close combat brawler with little to no ranged attacks. Bonus damage against female opponents.
- Mr. Mistoffelees - The absolute opposite of Tugger, Mistoffelees is based on evasion, ranged attacks and traps set with his magic.
- Jesus and Mary Magdalene - Both characters were available in the Japanese version but removed from the US release.

While Starlight Express doesn't contribute to the playable characters, it does add one of the most spectacular stages...
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Lego Popup Kinkakuji... [Dec. 4th, 2009|12:41 am]
[Current Mood |excitedamazed]

That pretty much says it all.

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Seeking Frustration? [Aug. 3rd, 2009|09:17 pm]
Lately I appear to be attracted to things designed to be frustratingly difficult to the point of brain breaking. I guess this is a form of masochism?

The first is an old old game called NetHack. First created over 20 years ago (yes, that's a "screenshot" at that link) it now, fortunately, comes with some graphical upgrades. It is still by far the most difficult game I think I've played, perhaps largely because of perma-death. That character you just spent several hours on? Dead. Try again?

In my 10-15 attempts, I've only made it as far as Sokoban or Mine town once (each)... :/ I have a loooong way to go.

The second form of frustration was a set of puzzles I found links to yesterday (via the ToothyWiki). The CISRA Puzzle Competition is a yearly puzzle contest in Australia. The puzzles are all single pdfs, usually a single page each. The interesting thing about them is there are no rules. The puzzle rarely, if ever, asks an actual question. It simply gives you an image or some text and you're expected to go from there.

If you want to participate in some brain mangling, you can see this year's puzzles, last year's puzzles and 2007's puzzles, all with solutions. Of the ones I tried I actually managed to solve 2 of the 2008 ones: Wordoku (with the hints) and Cranial Anatomy (without hints! Which I'm proud of even if it was classed as easy).
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NyQuil [Jun. 21st, 2009|08:58 pm]
[Current Mood |sicksick]

NyQuil NyQuil NyQuil. Big N, small y, Big Fuckin' Q.
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(no subject) [Jun. 8th, 2009|08:15 pm]
This is why I'm going to have to buy a PS3 and this is why it's going to suck.

(by the people who brought us Ico and Shadow of the Colossus)
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Fun with YouTube [Jun. 1st, 2009|10:21 pm]
[Current Music |Take it to the bridge...]

Randomly browsing AMVs on YouTube brought me to a work of art:

Pride & Prejudice, featuring the cast of Card Captor Sakura

The same artist/producer also came up with an interesting Labyrinth AMV and the thoroughly brain breaking Darth Maul's Bringing The Sexy Back
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Killlllllllll... [May. 17th, 2009|06:00 pm]
An ice cream van (very) loudly and constantly playing Christmas carols through its tinny music system outside our door. Deck the halls, Jingle Bells. The list goes on.

No jury would convict me, surely?

On a completely unrelated note: I want to believe.
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Stresstaxmoneycrap [Mar. 31st, 2009|08:29 pm]
[Current Mood |stressedstressed]

So, running very late this year (with some excuses but not really), I finally stepped into an H&R Block to see about filing taxes. Previously, we've been doing them ourselves but with the purchase of a house in December it seemed like a good idea to get some assistance.

$355 (or more).


Seriously? Over $350?

But I guess the question is, am I grouching over nothing? What do you (residents of the US) do? Self-file? H&R Block? Lawyers who spend all year slaving over your personal finances?

I'm debating doing it myself again this year. Of course, first I have to find all the paperwork that got lost in the move...
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(no subject) [Mar. 22nd, 2009|09:37 pm]
[Current Music |Name it. Read it. Quick format it.]

Can't get this song out of my head...

Daft Punk - Technologic

(Warning: Video is creepy and contains what I'm assuming is Chucky without his skin)
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